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Event: International Committee on Nigeria Press Conference

UPDATE - MEDIA ADVISORY

PRESS CONFERENCE on JULY 19TH D.C


US-NIGERIA POLICY MUST ADDRESS THE SILENT SLAUGHTER


WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. government has declined to criticize the government of Nigeria’s appalling religious freedom violations and broader disregard for human rights – and particularly the slaughter of Christians. Nigeria has been ranked one of the world's worst-governed nations, and nearly every region faces a security crisis - from kidnapping to extremist insurgencies. According to ICON, Nigeria has deep roots in faith and religion but is at extreme risk for increased violence and implications on vast religious communities. In the South-South, there remains distrust of the Nigerian government due to the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70), where millions of citizens were killed. It remains a volatile area where Christian Igbos remain disregarded and discriminated In the North and North-Central regions, non-Fulani Muslims are targeted, but not on the scale of Christians who face continued attacks and killings from Boko Haram/ISWAP, bandits, and Fulani militants.


You are invited:

What:​ Towards a US-Nigeria Policy

When:​ Wednesday July 19th, 11:30am

Where:​ Rayburn House Office Building, Rm 2200, 45 Independence Ave SW, Wash, DC 20515

Who: Rabbi Cooper (USCIRF), Eric Ueland (USICRF), Frank Wolf (USCIRF), David Curry (Global Christian Relief), Segun Sowunmi (PDP Nigeria), Robert Destro (Catholic University), Stephen Enada (ICON)


This event is being held in conjunction with the Hudson Institute and the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON). Founded in 1961, the Hudson Institute challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions through interdisciplinary studies in defense, international relations, economics, energy, technology, culture, and law. Learn more at www.Hudson.org. Founded in 2016, ICON exists to protect the basic human rights of Nigerians who are devastated by religious conflict and bring lasting stability to the entire nation. Learn more at ​www.ICONhelp.org​.

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